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I can tell you that today, I'm taking a lot more photographs with my digital camera than I ever did with film. And, as a result, I've had to figure out a quick way to edit down a shoot so that I can identify my selects or my hero images, the best ones of the shoot, without spending a ton of time. Now, although the fullscreen preview is great for reviewing images, I actually prefer the review mode when I'm trying to narrow down my entire shoot to just my favorites. So here, we'll select all of the images in Bridge, and then, underneath the View menu, I'll choose Review Mode. Or we can use the keyboard shortcut Cmd+B on Mac or Ctrl+B on Windows. So even though all of my images aren't as large in this mode, what I really like is I like the ability to see the images that are to either side. So either the images that are coming or the images that I have just passed through.
It's just helpful for me to kind of see the relationship between the images. Just like in full screen mode, we can use the arrow keys in order to move back and forth through our images. So the right arrow key goes to the right, left arrow key goes to the left. But you can also drop images from your selection in review mode. And you can do this either by using the down arrow, or you can use this icon right here. So I'm going to scoot through this, and any image that I don't particularly like, I'll use the down arrow. Now this isn't deleting the images or anything, all it's doing is it's removing them from my selection, so as I move through here I'm just removing from my selection the images that I don't like as much.
Just move through here and sometimes if you have to go back just use that back arrow key and then drop that image. See how here, where I've got the three images? It's really nice, in the fullscreen preview, I wouldn't be able to see the image that just came before or the image that's coming next in order to compare them. So now this makes it easier for me to go back up one and then remove that from the selection and then move to the next one, and remove that. If I make a mistake and I accidentally take down an image or remove the image from a selection and I want to bring that back, I can use the up arrow key but that only will work with the last image that you've removed.
So you have to kind of realize that you removed it in order to fix that quickly by tapping the up arrow. And if I need to say, check focus on an image, you'll notice when I position my cursor on top of it, I can click to zoom in with this loupe, and then I can move this loupe around in order to make sure that the image is in focus. To close the loupe, you can either click inside of it, or if it's open, you can click on the check mark. Instead of clicking in the image area, you can also use the icon in the lower right in order to show you the loupe. And then just click again in order to hide that. Now we can rate our images here, but what I prefer to do is just go through the whole shoot.
And then the images that I'm left with, well those images are probably all going to get the same rating. So when I'm finished, and I'm just left with the images that I want. I can tap the Escape key in order to return to Bridge, and you can see that the images that I liked are still selected, whereas the images that I removed in review mode are now deselected. So this is a little bit of a fragile state. At this point, I would definitely want to give all of the images that I liked a label.
So, in this case I can either choose from a star rating or I could choose a color label. I think we'll stick with the star ratings right now and I can either give it one star by selecting it from the list or you can see there's a keyboard shortcut here which is Cmd+1 on the Mac or Ctrl+1 on Windows. And now we can see that all of the images that were selected have one star. I do want to show you a preference. So, under the Bridge menu, I'll choose Preferences. On Windows, you go under the Edit menu and choose Preferences.
And then I'll select the Labels area. You can see that by default Bridge, requires the Cmd key on the mac or the Ctrl key on Windows to apply your labels and ratings. If you want to remove this so that all you have to do is tap one through five to get one through five stars, or six through nine to get your color labels, just uncheck that option. Then I'll click OK. And now if I accidentally missed an image, and I want to rate it with one star. If I click on it in Bridge and tap the one key, it gets a one star rating.
One last thing to mention, when you are going through review mode, and I'll use Cmd+B to go to review mode, Ctrl+B on Windows, and if I were to remove one of these five images from my selection. You can see that if you have four or fewer images, Bridge will simply show those four images up in review mode. So I just didn't want this to catch you by surprise that four or fewer images, you'll see them all in review mode. And to get out of review mode, just tap the Escape key. So now that you know how it works, give review mode a try next time you've got an edit to shoot.
I think you'll find it'll be a much faster way to cull or edit down a large number of images to just your favorites.
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